Royal Jelly is a creamy, yogurt-like substance made in the salivary glands of nurse worker honey bees. Also known as bee’s milk, it is fed in tiny amounts to all bee larvae during their first three days of life. After that, only those destined to become future queen bees continue to receive large amounts of Royal Jelly, and literally bathe in it to stimulate their development. Japanese researchers have now found that Royal Jelly can lower a raised systolic blood pressure for eight hours after a single dose.
How Royal Jelly lowers blood pressure
Royal Jelly is the richest known natural source of vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid, which lowers stress, and also provides other B vitamins plus vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E. Royal jelly also provides 20 amino acids, essential fatty acids, minerals such as potassium, calcium, zinc, iron and manganese. In addition, royal jelly is a source of acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter involved in regulating blood pressure – plus antioxidant flavonoid polyphenols which improve arterial elasticity.
The main blood pressure lowering ingredients in Royal Jelly, however, are short chains of amino acids, known as peptides, which block the effects of ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme). ACE is a powerful constrictor of blood vessels, and by blocking its action, constricted blood vessels can dilate to help reduce hypertension. This is the same mechanism used by prescribed ACE inhibitor drugs. Once digested, royal jelly releases no less than 11 different peptides that have a blood pressure lowering action.
Another way in which Royal jelly lowers blood pressure is by inhibiting the effects of renin, a hormone and enzyme made in the kidney to further regulate blood pressure and electrolyte balance.
Should you try Royal jelly?
Research is in its early stages, and so far only one human clinical trial has been carried out, in Japan. This showed that royal jelly significantly reduced blood pressure in people with mild hypertension during a 3 month study. Unfortunately, the text is only available in Japanese.
Numerous other studies have confirmed a blood pressure lowering effect or Royal Jelly in spontaneously hypertensive rats. The effects last for eight hours after a single dose.
Royal jelly is traditionally taken to boost energy levels, mental alertness, feelings of well-being, and to ease menopausal symptoms. If you have high blood pressure, you may find these benefits all contribute to an improvement in your readings.
NB Do not take Royal Jelly if you have asthma, or if you are allergic to bee venom. Two of the proteins in Royal Jelly are found in bee venom and can trigger asthma or allergic reactions in those who are sensitive to bee stings.
Dose of royal jelly to lower blood pressure
Take one teaspoon of premium fresh royal jelly per day.
Or capsules providing between 200mg and 600mg Royal Jelly per day.
Some Royal Jelly products must be kept refrigerated and taken on an empty stomach.
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